Monday, May 30, 2011


Hello from CORD!

This month's CAG meeting is very important to attend!

It will consist of a discussion from Christos Tsiamis, USEPA Gowanus Superfund Site Project Manager, on the upcoming Feasibility Study, followed by a Q & A period. If time permits, there will be updates and/or announcements regarding CAG committees. The PUBLIC is WELCOME!

What: CAG General Meeting

When: May 31

Where: PS 58 auditorium at 330 Smith Street (entrance on First Place)

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Please arrive any time after 5:45 p.m. for informal discussion, light snacks, and refreshments.

FYI: To understand where the Feasibility Study fits within the Superfund process, here is an excerpt from the summary of the Oct. 26, 2010 CAG meeting, at which EPA described the Superfund stages:

Remedial Investigation (RI): An assessment of the nature and extent of contamination and the associated health and environmental risks. (2010)

Feasibility Study (FS): Development and analysis of the range of cleanup alternatives for the site, according to the nine evaluation criteria. (2011)

Selection of Remedy: Selection of the remedial alternative for the site. This step includes:

Proposed Plan: Identifies a preferred remedial alternative for a Superfund site and explains why it is the preferred alternative, and allows for public comment. (First Half of 2012)

Record of Decision (ROD): The official report documenting the background information on the site and describing the chosen remedy and why it was selected. (End of 2012)

Remedial Design (RD): Preparation of technical plans and specifications for implementing the chosen remedial alternative. (2015)
Remedial Action (RA): Construction or other work necessary to implement the remedial alternative. (Planned to be completed by 2020; could be 2022 depending on unanticipated circumstances. A more accurate timetable would be generated at the completion of the Remedial Design.)

Operation & Maintenance (O&M): Activities conducted at a site after a response action occurs to ensure that the cleanup methods are working properly and to ensure site remedy continues to be effective. (Ongoing following completion of Remedial Action)


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........